Library by Mail

Library by Mail

Library by Mail (formerly L-STAR) is a free service to eligible Washington, D.C. residents to borrow and return library books and DVDs through the mail. DC Public Library staff will use your library card to check out materials on your behalf. This service is customized to your interests.

Who is Eligible
Washington, D.C/\. residents who are unable to come to the library due to permanent or temporary disability or underlying health conditions. During the pandemic, if you are unable to get a certification of eligibility by a medical provider, you may self-certify your eligibility (Library staff will follow-up at a future date to determine whether you are able to get a certification by a medical provider).  

Definition of Temporary
A temporary disability or underlying health condition lasting up to one year or less.

Definition of Permanent
A permanent disability or underlying health condition lasting one year or longer.

Complete and return the application to Center for Accessibility, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, Room 205D, Washington DC 20001; or by email to For more information, call 202- 727-2142.

You will receive a call from one of our staff after your application is processed. We will review your interests and begin sending materials.

Mailing of Material
All Materials are mailed in a postage-paid library mailing pouch through the U.S. Postal Service. Please allow for turnaround time for the materials to arrive. When you are finished, place the materials back in the same library mailing pouch and turn over the address card. Mail the pouch back through the U.S. Postal Service.

Free Service
The service is free and postage is pre-paid for under the Free Matter for the Blind designation. There are no overdue loan fees. 

Find the application here.